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T5W: Teachers and Mentors in Literature

I was thinking about my blogging schedule over the coming weeks, looking at the things I like to post at this time of year, and was checking Goodreads to see what books I’ve read this month when I remembered that I hadn’t actually checked this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post. I have learnt a lot from books, I’ve been reading for, well, as long as I can remember, I don’t remember a life before books and words, so a lot of my knowledge has come from the world of literature, so I was really excited about this week’s topic.

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page.

There was a little disclaimer on this week’d topic, something I have never seen before: For the love of god please do not choose Harry Potter characters that is just TOO EASY 🙂 I know what tone this is meant to be read in, and I realise that there are a lot of people that will just go down this route, but in fairness, my generation look to the series as a great source of inspiration. Many of us have grown up with the books, and throughout them there are some great examples of teachers and mentors. So, to appease the hosts, but also make this list my own, I’ve settled on no Harry Potter professors.

1. Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games

Haymitch, in many ways, is a dreadful mentor. He is a drunk, often pessimistic guy, but, he looks out for Katniss and Peeta. He assesses them, encourages them to embrace their strengths and weaknesses, and when he needs to he is their to offer assistance and ask the right people for the right help. Yes, he doesn’t have the best set of morals or traits, but he is a brilliant mentor with a steely resolve in an unpredictable and often cruel world.

2. Miss Honey from Matilda

I adore the works of Roald Dahl, and love Matila so it’s unsurprising that her kind and caring teacher makes it onto the list. She encourages and nurture’s Matila Wormwood’s precocious talents, and fights for her students. She is the teacher that everyone hopes they have, everyone wants there children to be taught by, and every student teacher aspired to become.

3. Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy

The Vampire Academy is not the best example of literature, even YA literature, but Dimitri is a particularly good example of a mentor/teacher. He’s described as being focused and dedicated, perfect qualities for a mentor of protective martial arts and guardianship.

4. Baghra from The Grisha Trilogy 

Now, Baghra is often rude, fairly impatient, condescending, and doesn’t exactly nurture talent so much as bully her students, but she does get results, as some of the most fiercely and most powerful Grisha have been moulded by her. I know she can be unpleasant, but their is no questioning her abilities to teach.

5. Harry Potter from Harry Potter

I know what Sam said, don’t choose Harry Potter Characters, but the fact is that the best teachers and mentors come from J K Rowling’s mind. Instead of going down the typical routes of Lupin, McGonagall, Moody, Black….the list goes on…I’ve chosen Harry himself. He works hard to improve his skills (his patronus in Prisoner of Azkaban anyone, and then learning Accio and the spells for the maze in Goblet of Fire), and he then teaches and inspires his friends, and even towards the end his enemies, to improve themselves, stand up for what they believe in, fight for the greater good. He is Dumbledore’s Army. Need I say more.


OK, so I couldn’t resist a HP one, sorry Sam but y’know, they be the best.

Do you agree with the list above?

Who have you chosen as you best mentors?

2 thoughts on “T5W: Teachers and Mentors in Literature”

  1. Hmmmmm. I’m trying to think of less popular ones because yeah I could name five from hp haha.
    I’d say the papa from the book theif that teachers her to read (my brain is incapable of thinking of names right now). Syrial forrel (or however you spell it) from game of thrones for teaching arya at the start……

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    1. It’s really hard to think when Harry Potter is removed and you want good examples that aren’t too obvious.
      I still haven’t read The Book Thief, but I agree with Game of Thrones

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